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William Parsons (I) (1878–1919)

William Parsons was born on August 14, 1878 in Middletown, New York, USA. He was an actor and producer, known for Tarzan of the Apes (1918), Lightning Bryce (1919) and The Romance of Tarzan (1918). He was married to Billie Rhodes. He died on September 28, 1919 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Tarzan of the Apes
Lightning Bryce
Lightning Bryce Producer
The Romance of Tarzan
The Argonauts of California - 1849
The Argonauts of California - 1849 Second Unit Director or Assistant Director


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 1920 Eyes of the Heart
Dennis Sullivan
 1919 A Much Needed Rest (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1919 His Own Medicine (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1919 Oh! Bill Behave (Short)
Bill (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1919 He Did and He Didn't (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1919 They're Off (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1919 Chasing Rainbeaux (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1919 A Wonderful Night (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1919 Circumstantial Evidence (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1919 The Sea Wolf (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1919 Wanted: A Baby (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1919 The Midnight Alarm (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1919 The Potum of Swat (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1919 The New Breakfast Food (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1919 A Master of Music (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1919 Have Another (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1919 The Big Idea (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1918 You Know What I Mean (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1918 The Jelly Fish (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1918 A Pair of Pink Pajamas (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1918/II Camping Out (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1918 Bill's Sweetie (Short)
Bill (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1918 Bill's Opportunity (Short) (Smiling Bill)
 1918 Up a Tree (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1918 Billy's Fortune (Short)
Billy (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1918 Bill Settles Down (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1918 Dad's Knockout (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1918 The Vigilantes
Don Enrico Felipe (as William E. Parsons)
 1918 Widow's Might (Short)
Bill (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1918 Matching Billy (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1918 Birds of a Feather (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1918 Bill's Predicament (Short)
Bill (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1918 Bill's Baby (Short)
Bill (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1917 The Innocent Sinner
Bull Clark
 1916 Pillars of Society
Pastor (uncredited)
 1916 The Invisible Enemy
James Haggerty
 1916 Four Narratives (Short)
Phil Lessey (as William E. Parsons)
 1916 A Misfit Baron (Short)
 1915 The Little Puritan (Short)
Sam Hubert
 1915 The Wall Between (Short)
Walsh - the Miner (as William E. Parsons)
 1915 The Morning After (Short)
Henry Pike (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1915 Beached and Bleached (Short) (as Smiling Billy Parsons)
 1915 Can You Beat It? (Short)
Bill Pike (as William Bill Parsons)
 1915 Gold-Bricking Cupid (Short) (as Bill Parsons)
 1915 A Kentucky Girl (Short)
Jean's Sweetheart - the Novelist
 1915 For His Wife's Sake (Short)
The Husband
 1915 The Tale of the Night Before
Henry Pike
 1915 The Wildcat (Short) (as William E. Parsons)
 1915 What Money Will Do (Short)
 1915 The Terrible One (Short)
Poncho Gonzales aka The Terrible One
 1915 The Accusing Pen (Short)
Nathan Frost - Ranch Owner (as William E. Parsons)
 1915 In the Background (Short)
Pietro's Father
 1915 The Good in Him (Short) (as William E. Parsons)
 1915 Beneath the Sea (Short)
Richard (as W.E. Parsons)
 1915 His Partner's Sacrifice (Short)
 1915/II A Night's Adventure (Short) (as W.E. Parsons)
 1915 When Honor Wakes (Short) (as William E. Parsons)
 1915 Love's Savage Hate (Short) (as W.E. Parsons)
 1914 The Lure of the Green Table (Short)
Harry Woods
 1914 When the Blind See (Short)
Joe Green
 1914 The House of D'or (Short)
Sanford D'Or
 1914 He Waits Forever (Short)
 1914/II The Quack (Short) (as W.E. Parsons)
 1914 The Stolen Yacht (Short)
Cuernava - Mexican Revolutionist (as W.E. Parsons)
 1914 The Long Lane (Short)
John Black
 1914 Toys of Fate (Short) (as W.E. Parsons)
 1914 For Repairs (Short)
John Fields - the Husband (as William e. Parsons)
 1914 The Face in the Crowd (Short)
 1914 The Downward Path (Short)
Bob Norris - the Rattler
 1914 A Girl of the Cafés (Short)
Jim Clark
 1914 A Father's Heart (Short)
Christian March (as William E. Parsons)
 1914 Buffalo Jim (Short)
Buffalo Jim (as W.E. Parsons)
 1914/II The Brute (Short)
Black Barton (as W.E. Parsons)
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Alternate Names:

Bill Parsons | Smiling Billy Parsons | Smiling Bill Parsons | W.E. Parsons | William 'Smiling Billy' Parsons | William Bill Parsons | William E. Parsons | William e. Parsons

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Balding, overweight silent comedy actor. Also active as head of the National Film Company of America. Married to comedienne Billie Rhodes.


'Smiling' Bill

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